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Printer Spooler Error on Windows 7/8.x/10

In this I received the Printer Spooler Error on Windows 8.1:

"windows cannot connect to the printer. the local print spooler service is not running. please restart the spooler or restart the machine."

Fix:

This can be fixed in 2 ways.

  1. Go to Control Panel > Administrative Tools and open Services. Find the printer spooler service and check the status of it. If its Started, then Restart the service.
  2. Right Click on Windows button and select Command Prompt (Admin). Type in the following command: net stop spooler && net start spooler
    TIP! – This will also work on Windows 7/10

-Eric

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  1. October 6, 2016 at 10:15 am

    Agree that restarting print spooler in the quick fix for “windows cannot connect to the printer. the local print spooler service is not running. please restart the spooler or restart the machine” error. Sometimes need to replace printer driver if it keeps stopping.

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